The new Uplands Park Kiosk was unveiled on November 2, 2014 at the annual Oak Bay Tree Appreciation Day. Community members came to plant Garry Oak trees and Camas bulbs and to be present for the unveiling. Mayor Nils Jensen gave a wonderful talk about the history of Uplands Park, and acknowledged the leadership of the Friends of Uplands Park in bringing the vision of a new Kiosk into reality.
The beautiful watercolours of artist Briony Penn tell the cultural and ecological story of Uplands Park and outline the challenges and responsibilities of caring for this endangered ecosystem. Matthias Reinicke, of Lime Design Inc., provided all the graphic work for the 4 KIOSK Panels. Oak Bay Parks Department, under the leadership of Chris Hyde-Lay, constructed the beautiful cedar structure framing the KIOSK panels. A map featuring the main trail network in Uplands Park will help visitors understand the scale and diversity of Uplands Park.
Friends of Uplands Park Co-Chairs, Margaret Lidkea and Kathleen Matthews thanked the many people who contributed content, ideas and expertise these past three years, from the initial visioning, through the approval and fund raising process, and throughout all phases of content development and editing.
Our funders are gratefully acknowledged: Oak Bay Council, the Garry Oak Meadow Preservation Society and the Parks and Recreation Foundation of Victoria. A special thanks also to GOERT for their expert input regarding the species in Uplands Park, and, to James Miskelly for his research on the timeline.
Here are some photos taken by people who celebrated the unveiling of the KIOSK with us. Their photos record how happy we are to have been part of the development of the KIOSK and reveal how pleased we are with the outcome.